Descendants of Bryan CUNNINGHAM (caution: not verified) (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Fifth Generation

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315. Hanora (Nora) THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 31 May 1903 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 2 Jun 1903 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 18 May 1984. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea, Co. Limerick.

Nora's baptismal sponsors were Patrick Barrett and Catherine Brosnan.

Nora emigrated to the United States in September 1924. She was 21 years of age. The ship manifest tells us she was joining a sister, "Miss M. Thornton" (presumably Mamie) in New York City. It is thought she might subsequently have lived in Chicago for a time. She eventually returned to Ireland where she married and raised a family in Dirreen, Athea.

I have been told that a relative of Nora's was a Titanic survivor but I have no further information.

Hanora married John SHANAHAN, son of Patrick (Paddy) SHANAHAN and Bridget SULLIVAN, on 16 Jan 1937 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. John was born on 14 Aug 1914 in Direen, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 4 Nov 2009 in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea, Co. Limerick.

John and his wife, Nonie, lived in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick.

They had the following children.

+ 817 F i Vera SHANAHAN was born in 1937. She died on 27 Jan 1996.
  818 M ii
Patrick (Paudie) SHANAHAN was born in 1939. He died on 6 Oct 2014.

Paudie lived in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick. He never married.

+ 819 F iii Christine (Chris) SHANAHAN was born in possibly about 1941. She died before 4 Nov 2009.
+ 820 F iv Living.
+ 821 F v Living.

318. Catherine (Kitty) THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 2 Jun 1906 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 5 Jun 1906 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 9 Jul 1983.

Kitty's baptismal sponsors were Michael McAuliffe and Catherine Barry.

Kitty emigrated to the United States in 1926, aged 20, and lived in Chicago for a time. However she must have later returned home as her children were born in Ireland.

Catherine married John (Jack) ADAMS. John was born about 1900 in probably Glin, Co. Limerick. He died on 30 Jul 1981.

Jack was a blacksmith. He and Kitty and their family lived on Main St. in Glin.

They had the following children.

  822 F i Living.
        Living married Living.
  823 M ii Living.

320. Myles THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 17 Jan 1910 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 18 Jan 1910 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 13 Aug 1934 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Myles's baptismal sponsors were William Kennelly and Mary Kennelly. He worked as a farm labourer and died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 24, less than three months after he and Bridget married. Bridget gave birth to their daughter, Mary, some months later. Bridget later remarried and had two other children. An inquest into Myles's death was held on 14 August 1934 which found that he had died of natural causes.

Myles married Bridget CONNOR, daughter of Michael CONNOR and Johanna FITZGERALD, on 29 May 1934 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Bridget was born in 1916 in Keylod, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 3 Apr 1996 in Limerick. She was buried on 6 Apr 1996 in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Bridget and her second husband, Cornelius, lived in Keylod, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

+ 824 F i Mary Bridget THORNTON was born on 24 Oct 1934. She died on 27 Mar 2018.

321. Margaret (Peggy) THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 25 Nov 1911 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 27 Nov 1911 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 8 Jul 1992. She was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Peggy's baptismal sponsors were Michael Hanrahan and Julia Hanrahan.

Margaret married Richard (Dick) SHEEHAN, son of Thomas (Tom) SHEEHAN and Mary Anne HUDSON, on 9 Jan 1930 in probably Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Richard was born on 29 Jan 1905 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 2 Feb 1905 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 7 May 1978. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Dick's baptism were Michael Hanrahan and Helen Hanrahan.

Dick, Peggy and their family lived in Kilbaha, Moyvane. To provide for his family Dick spent much of the early 1930s working as a farm labourer in England. Later they ran a small grocery business from their home in Kilbaha.

Dick and Peggy were first cousins once removed, thir common ancestors having been Jim Thornton and Norrie Cunningham.

They had the following children.

  825 M i
Thomas (Tom) SHEEHAN was born in Jan 1931 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 7 Apr 2017 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Tom, who never married, was a primary school teacher. He worked for 37 years in Knockbride National School, Knockbride, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan. He retired from there in 1989 and returned to live in Kilbaha.

+ 826 F ii Mary SHEEHAN was born in Aug 1933. She died on 15 Sep 2010.
  827 M iii
Myles B. SHEEHAN was born in Jul 1937 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 13 Mar 1953 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Myles was only 15 years of age when he died.

+ 828 M iv John J. SHEEHAN was born in Apr 1942. He died on 16 Aug 2003.
  829 M v
Richard SHEEHAN was born on 8 Jul 1944 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 10 Jul 1944 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Richard died two days after birth.
  830 M vi Living.
        Living married Living.

323. John (Johnny) THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 30 Sep 1915 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 9 May 1995. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

John married Bridget O'CONNOR, daughter of Edmond O'CONNOR and Margaret WINDLE. Bridget was born about 1913 in probably Glenalappa East, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 11 Dec 2001 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Bridget and Johnny lived in Glenalappa, Moyvane.

They had the following children.

+ 831 F i Living.
+ 832 F ii Living.
  833 M iii Living.
        Living married Living.
  834 F iv Living.
        Living married Living.

324. Michael (Mickie) THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born in Jul 1917 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 17 Aug 1967.

Mickie was only 50 years of age when he died.

Michael married Nan BRODERICK. Nan died.

Mikie and Nan lived in Tenekilla, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick.

They had the following children.

  835 M i Living.
        Living married Living.
  836 M ii Living.
  837 F iii Living.
  838 F iv Living.
  839 F v Living.
  840 F vi Living.

325. Francis (Frank) THORNTON (Myles THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born in Sep 1919 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 26 Mar 1989 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Frank died at the age of 69.

Francis married Bridget DORE, daughter of Michael DORE and Hannah DUNNE. Bridget was born about 1921 in Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 11 Oct 1968 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Bridget died at the age of just 47.

They had the following children.

  841 M i Living.
+ 842 M ii Myles A. THORNTON was born in 1944. He died in 2007.
  843 M iii
Michael (Mick) THORNTON was born in 1947 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died.
+ 844 M iv Francis THORNTON was born in 1949. He died in 2007.
  845 F v Living.
        Living married Living.
  846 F vi Living.
        Living married Living.
  847 M vii Living.

333. Francis (Frank) THORNTON (James (Jim) THORNTON , Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 29 Aug 1908 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 30 Aug 1908 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 21 Oct 1997 in Chicago.

Frank's baptismal sponsors were Francis Thornton and Catherine Brassil.

Frank emigrated to the United States in 1929 and settled in Chicago. In 1939 he joined the Chicago Police Department where he served until his retirement in 1965. His career as a police officer was interrupted during World War II when he served for three and a half years with the U.S. Army in Italy and Africa.

A talented flute and tin whistle player, Frank immersed himself in the promotion of Irish music in Chicago, forming the Thornton Drum and Fife Band, giving tin whistle lessons, composing songs and leading several major concert tours to Ireland. He was one of the founders of the United States branch of Comhaltas (Comhaltas is an organisation that promotes traditional Irish music, song, dance and language).

Francis married Margaret (Marge) O'CONNOR in 1942. Margaret was born in Feans, Causeway, Co. Kerry. She died on 24 Aug 1980 in Chicago.

They had the following children.

  848 M i Living.
  849 M ii Living.
  850 M iii Living.
        Living married Living.

334. John (Jack) Joseph HANRAHAN (John (The Major) HANRAHAN , Margaret (Peg) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 4 Sep 1881 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 4 Sep 1881 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 2 Apr 1965 in San Diego, California.

Jack's baptismal sponsors were Patrick Kearney and Catherine Buckley.

Jack emigrated to the United States in 1900 and settled in El Paso, Texas.

According to his World War I Draft Registration Card, dated 12 September 1918, Jack was living in El Paso and working as an "outside manager" at the American Laundry Company. El Paso City Directories tell us that Jack and his wife, Margaret, were still in El Paso in 1927 and 1932 and owned or worked at Royal Cleaners & Dyers. By 1940, according to the census of that year, Jack was working as "hotel police".   

Jack died in California in 1965 but we do not know if he had actually moved there.

John married Margaret B. QUIGLEY on 9 Sep 1914 in El Paso, Texas. Margaret was born about 1884 in Ireland.

Margaret emigrated to the United States in 1900 and settled in El Paso, Texas where she worked for a time as a nurse.

In the 1940 census Margaret is listed as the sole member of her household. She owned her own home, located at 2931 Alameda Avenue, El Paso, and worked in the laundry business.

They had the following children.

  851 M i
'unknown' HANRAHAN (male) was born on 21 Sep 1917 in El Paso, Texas. He died on 21 Sep 1917 in El Paso, Texas.

This son of Jack and Margaret's was stillborn.
  852 M ii
John Daniel HANRAHAN was born on 1 Jun 1920 in El Paso, Texas. He died on 10 Dec 1969 in San Francisco. He was buried in Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.

John served in the Navy in World War II.
  853 F iii Living.

337. Ellen (Nellie) HANRAHAN (John (The Major) HANRAHAN , Margaret (Peg) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 26 Feb 1886 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 27 Feb 1886 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 2 Feb 1936 in San Francisco. She was buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, California.

Nellie's baptismal sponsors were Michael Hanrahan and [first name not recorded] Hanrahan.

Nellie emigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco where she worked as a nurse, married and had a family. She died of scarlet fever aged only 49.

Ellen married Percy SARGENT, son of 'unknown' SARGENT and 'unknown' SASSELLI, about 1918 in California. Percy was born on 24 Feb 1894 in Santa Clara, California. He died on 15 Jun 1966 in San Francisco. He was buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, California.

Percy's parents were French-speaking Swiss. At the time of the 1920 and 1930 censuses Percy was working as a salesman for a cigarette company. The 1940 census tells us he was working as a waiter at that time.

They had the following children.

  854 M i
Benjamin F. SARGENT was born on 13 Dec 1919 in San Francisco. He died on 26 Feb 2005 in San Jose, California.

Following studies at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos, California, Benjamin was ordained a priest in 1951. He taught at a number of high schools and at the University of San Francisco, and for 20 years was chaplain at Kaiser Permanente and U.S. Fort Miley Veterans Hospitals. He was also involved in assisting AIDS victims and immigrants from El Salvador. Fr. Benjamin spent his retirement in Berkeley, California.
  855 F ii Living.
        Living married Living.
  856 M iii Living.
+ 857 F iv Alice C. SARGENT was born on 10 Dec 1924. She died on 21 Dec 2000.
+ 858 F v Living.

338. Mary Jane HANRAHAN (John (The Major) HANRAHAN , Margaret (Peg) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 22 Jun 1887 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Jun 1887 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 17 Mar 1970 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Mary's baptismal sponsors were Michael Hanrahan and Johanna Hanrahan.

Mary Jane and her husband, Tim, were second cousins (through the Cunningham family).

Mary married Timothy (Tim) KENNELLY, son of Daniel (Dan) KENNELLY and Catherine (Kate) THORNTON, on 16 Nov 1909 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry. Timothy was born on 5 Nov 1881 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 7 Nov 1881 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died on 27 Apr 1955 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Tim emigrated to the United States where he lived for a number of years (including some time spent in San Francisco) before returning to Ireland at the age of about 27 and taking over the running of the family farm.

Tim and his wife, Mary Jane, lived in Kilbaha, Moyvane. I have been told that they had 15 children but I can find evidence of just 12.

They had the following children.

+ 859 M i Daniel (Danny) Joseph KENNELLY is printed as #798.
  860 F ii Catherine Mary KENNELLY is printed as #799.
  861 M iii John KENNELLY is printed as #800.
+ 862 M iv James (Jimmy) KENNELLY is printed as #801.
  863 M v Michael Francis KENNELLY is printed as #802.
  864 F vi Elizabeth (Eilís) KENNELLY is printed as #803.
  865 M vii William Joseph KENNELLY is printed as #804.
  866 F viii Mary (Mai) Jane KENNELLY is printed as #805.
  867 M ix Living is printed as #806.
  868 F x Catherine (Cathy) KENNELLY is printed as #807.
  869 M xi Patrick (Pat) KENNELLY is printed as #808.
+ 870 F xii Bridget (Breda) Teresa KENNELLY is printed as #809.
  871 M xiii 'unknown' KENNELLY (male) is printed as #810.
+ 872 M xiv John Joseph (John Joe) KENNELLY is printed as #811.

339. Josephine (Johanna) HANRAHAN (John (The Major) HANRAHAN , Margaret (Peg) CUNNINGHAM , Myles , Bryan ) was born on 7 Oct 1888 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 9 Oct 1888 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She died on 14 Aug 1981.

Johanna's baptismal sponsors were Michael Buckley and Catherine Hanrahan.

Johanna and her family lived in Clonmore House, Tulla, Co. Clare.

Josephine married Denis MCMAHON, son of John MCMAHON, on 18 Jul 1918 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. Denis was born about 1888 in Co. Clare. He died on 15 Oct 1950 in possibly Tulla, Co. Clare.

Denis, a policeman, came from a family of talented musicians.

They had the following children.

  873 M i Living.
        Living married Living.
  874 M ii Living.
  875 M iii
Paul MCMAHON died.
  876 M iv
Jackie MCMAHON died.
  877 F v Living.
  878 F vi Living.
+ 879 F vii Josephine (Ina) MCMAHON was born in 1930. She died on 29 Aug 2009.
  880 F viii Living.
        Living married Living.

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